This paper makes a clear case for revolutionizing reporting standards for group care programs. Readers will learn how the field’s current approach paints an all-to-generic picture of programs while failing to define what works—and what doesn’t—in terms of serving today’s youth. New comprehensive standards, introduced in this report, can both expand what we know about group care practice and inject some much-needed nuance into this muddied field. 

October 20, 2011

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About the incredible diversity in group care programming.

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    How current reporting standards fail to capture these program differences.

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    What information we really need to evaluate group care programs.

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    The benefits of more detailed reporting standards for these programs.

Key Takeaway

The spectrum of group care programs is endless. Our knowledge of these programs? Not so much

Group care programs take many different paths—and assume many different shapes and sizes—in fulfilling their shared mission of caring for children. Understanding these differences is critical to charting a path forward and utilizing these programs for the greatest good. 

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